Meet the Plano Moms Team

Want to know more about the Plano Moms Team? Come Meet Abbie, Mel, and Shannon!


Meet Abbie

Meet Plano Mom, Abbie Alter

Birthplace: London, England

How long she’s lived in Plano: 

4 years


Owner, Plano Moms, Marketing Coach & Consultant


My husband, Daniel and my kids: Jesse, 4th grade and Lucy, 1st grade

What’s on her DVR:  

Real Housewives from most of the cities (but not all!)

Vanderpump Rules

Girls and Big Little Lies on HBO

Favorite Plano Restaurant and why:

Ruang Thai at 15th and Custer. It has the best Thai curries around!

Favorite date night spot around Plano:  

Any restaurant with a Patio (or failing that, Mexican Sugar at Shops at Legacy)

Beverage of choice:  

Any New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka mix

Words she lives by:  

Positivity, Passion, Hard Work and Focus always wins

Favorite app:  

Remember the Milk (a list organizing essential!). You can assign tasks to other people too!

Beauty product she can’t live without: 

My Origins Eye Cream

Dream vacation:  

An isolated island in Fiji

If she had more hours in the day, she would: 

Meditate, work out and pamper myself with a face mask and a long bath

Favorite thing to do in Plano:  

Have a facial at Spavia or a massage at Elements Massage – two of my favorite Plano spots for Mama to be pampered!


Meet Mel

Birthplace: Australia

Occupation: Accountant/Mom

Family/Kids: Husband – Warwick, Kids – Harry, 12, Bailey, 9 and Willow 6

What’s on her DVR:  American Housewife, The Bachelor

Favorite Plano Restaurant: Sixty Vines

Favorite date night spot around Plano:  Mexican Sugar or pretty much anywhere at Shops of Legacy

Beverage of choice:  Coke Zero and Prosecco

Words she lives by:  “Comparison is the thief of joy”

Favorite app:  Facebook and Cowboys Fit (for my gym timetable)

Beauty product she can’t live without Rodan and Fields Lash Boost

Dream vacation:  Hawaii

If she had more hours in the day, she would: Sleep

Favorite thing to do in PlanoHike at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and try out new restaurants.




Meet Shannon

Birthplace: Plano, Texas  I was actually born here! 

How long she’s lived in Plano:  Pretty much my entire life. After a brief time of living in McKinney, we made our home here in Plano to raise our kids. 

Occupation: Blogger at Plano Moms, Blogger at Daily Momtivity

Family/Kids: Married for 14 years,  1 daughter, Gracie (10), 1 son Ramsey (4), 6 mth old yellow Lab named Lucky.

What’s on her DVR:  WAY TOO MUCH! I NEVER  watch any live tv (hardly ever) so everything is recorded. My favorites are Real Housewives of OC and Beverly Hills, Grey’s Anatomy, Teen Mom (don’t judge!), Scandal, and Fixer Upper. Besides that, my DVR is filled with every single Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, and silly Disney shows for my daughter.

Favorite Plano Restaurant and why: Our favorite place is Mi Cocina (lakeside) I love that they have a side are for kids to play, I love the food, and hands down the best margaritas in Texas!

Favorite date night spot around Plano:  We hardly do date nights. I know it’s terrible. If we do get the night off then we usually see a movie. I love seeing good movies!

Beverage of choice:  Sonic cherry limeade, Iced Tea from Chick-fil-a, or if I’m out at night a frozen margarita 🙂 

Words she lives by:  Don’t sweat the small stuff! Life is too short 🙂

Favorite app:  I have my phone near me at almost all times. It’s my lifeline. I love all my social media apps and I love Pic Collage for my photos. I also use my Shutterfly app all the time. I take tons of pictures so I love that it uploads my photos from my phone automatically and then I can create photo books or gifts easily. 

Beauty product she can’t live without: I’m not totally into beauty products. I love me some good chapstick and I have to wear mascara. I live for a good dry shampoo too 🙂

Dream vacation:  I’ve done some good traveling. I even got to student teach in London for a few months and it was so nice. My dream vacation would be to travel with my kids and be able to take them fun places abroad or even around the great US. Someday!

If she had more hours in the day, she would: SLEEP. I live for sleep. I wish, wish I could survive on hardly any but I have to have sleep. 

Favorite thing to do in Plano:  One of my favorite things is the Plano balloon festival in the Fall. We don’t go every year but when we do it’s so much fun! Being that close to all the balloons is really cool! I also love downtown, Plano. It’s come a long way the last few years and it’s fun to check out all the new places.  Plano also puts on a fun July 4th parade. It’s fun to take the kids to and watch the cars go by. I love that in Plano we have access to so many things around us. Every suburb is nice around us and it’s fun to adventure into Big D sometimes too 🙂


Shannon is Mommy to 2 kids, Wife, and Teacher. She was born and raised in Plano. After graduating from Baylor (sic' em!!) she returned to Plano to teach. With two young kids attending Plano Schools, she is a true Plano Mom (and a soccer Mom!!). She loves writing about parenting topics and fun events for kids around town.

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